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Beta fish wont eat

My male beta fish hasn't eaten in about 10 days. He sits at the bottom of his tank and doesnt move unless i move the plant in his tank. There is a heater in his tank that regulates the water, and he has more than enough tank space. I recently did a 1/3 water change because he wasn't eating and his food was piling up. I've had him for a few months and this has never happened before. At the moment he has slight discolouration and no signs of bloating. He is laying on his side and appears to be hyperventilating. I can't get him to come to the surface to take a breath.

Please help! I don't want him to die!

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Re: Beta fish wont eat

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Hi hollybetafish.

 

Welcome to the community and thank you for your question! I have a betta myself and I'm sorry to hear tha you're concerned about your fish. We've sent this along to one of our companion animal specialist for advice and will check back in as soon as we have more details. In the meantime, you may also want to call your local Petco store and speak with one of their aquatic specialists about your concerns. You can find the number to call the store in your area here. I hope your betta gets better soon!

 

Alex

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Re: Beta fish wont eat

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Hi hollybetafish.

 

How's your betta doing? I've heard back from our vet specialist on this and we have a few follow up questions to consider:

  • What is the temperature reading at?
  • What diet is the fish being offered?
  • How often are they routinely doing those partial water changes? 

 

We recommend bringing in a large sample of your tank's water to your local Petco store for a free testing and to discuss this further with on our our aquatic specialists. You may also want to click here to check out some great community blogs and articles about betta care.I hope they are doing better!

 

Alex 

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